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3.2 Linear feet
Collection is arranged as 8 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1890-1950s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OVs 4-5) Series 2: Correspondence, 1862-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.45 linear feet; Box 2) Series 4: Business Records, 1918-1967 (0.15 linear feet; Box 2) Series 5: Printed Material, 1895-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3) Series 6: Scrapbook, 1960-1961 (1 folder; Box 3) Series 7: Artwork, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3) Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1960s (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
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Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.
Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1967, bulk 1920-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels N698, N698A, N698B, 108, and 1023-1027 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels N698, N698A-N698B) including correspondence, bookplates, sketches, newspaper clippings, and a list of books containing ornamental drawings and illustrations. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birmbaum (1878-1970) was the manager of the American branch of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City from 19101916, and a longtime partner in the art firm Scott & Fowles. He spent the later part of his career building the Grenville Lindall Winthrop Collection, now at the Fogg Museum.
Collection is in English.
Material on reels N698, N698A-N698B were lent for microfilming by Martin Birnbaum in 1967. The rest of the collection was donated in an anonymous gift in 1970 and by Martin Birnbaum's great-nephew, Jerome Ziegler, in 1975.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001